Feb 26, 2013 4:00pm PST
. jennifer, what happened? >> well, with little fanfare, shep, u.s. and nate officials in afghanistan removed from their web site the month-to-month figure saying attacks by the taliban were down by 7% last year. there seemed to be a mistake. a mistake that led to administration officials making statements like this. >> violence levels have been trending downward in the last two years after five years of steady increases beginning in 2006. >> the problem is the attacks weren't trending downward. they were exactly the same as in 2011. an embarrassing admission by the pentagon that the the narrative about how the president's strategy in afghanistan was bearing fruit may have been misleading, shep. >> shepard: they must be making some case at the pentagon in their own defense. >> well, in essence, they blame the afghans. the afghan commanders supposedly forgot to submit their field reports about the attacks so the pentagon data was misleading. >> this is a regrettable error in our database systems that was discovered during a routine quality check. we are making the appropriate ajustments. in sp
Feb 27, 2013 4:00am PST
of the syrian opposition. secretary of state john kerry is in france today. a decision on this shift in u.s. policy is expected tomorrow when kerry attends a conference on syria in rome. kerry has been consulting with european leaders. u.s. officials say the administration is considering sending tens of millions of dollars in nonlethal assistance to the rebels fighting the assad regime. >>> the latest blast of winter weather making its way toward the great lakes. the latest storm dumped essentially inches of snow across the plains. it's being blamed for at least three deaths and has knocked out power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses. teresa garcia reports. >> reporter: a major winter storm is dumping a layer of heavy wet snow on parts of the country still struggling from the last round. plows tried to keep up in kansas city. at one point conditions were so treacherous the plows got stuck. but stranded drivers got a helping hands from those with a little more pull. >> four-wheel drive and a heavy rope can get anyone out. >> reporter: heavy snow downed trees, d
Feb 27, 2013 12:00am PST
eliminate hunger, and we have a lot of work to do. walmart committed $2 billion to fighting hunger in the u.s. as we work together, we can stamp hunger out. >> and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. tavis: i am sure none of us has to be reminded just how much twitter, facebook, and instagram an old email as transform our lives. in a new text called "citizenville," gavin newsom looks at how it can help break through gridlock and ensure that everyone in this country as a seat at the decision making. good to have you on. >> thanks. tavis: first of all, congratulations on your wife's recent spirit award. >> yes, she just one of the spirit award, and then they are nominated for their documentary called "the invisible war," which is about raved in the military. understanding some of the complexities. even if only 10 percent of this film is right, as i told my wife, we should stop and own up to it. leon panetta weighed in on this, and hopefully others will. it goes to the frustration. this is frankly one of the reasons why i wrote this book. i am so disinterested
Feb 27, 2013 1:00pm EST
.m. eastern. we're waiting for the u.s. house to gavel back in. they should be in shortly to resume debate, to vote on the rule for the re-authorization, the violence against women act. the house will be coming in momentarily. we will have live coverage when they do. elsewhere on capitol hill today, the senate judiciary committee held a hearing looking at proposed legislation in the senate on gun violence. here's part of that hearing from this morning. we cannot allow the carnage that i described to continue without taking action on what is a serious matter of public policy. and that's why i have joined with many of my colleagues, some on this committee, senator schumer, durbin, whitehouse, klobuchar, franken, blumenthal and hirono as well as many others off the committee to introduce legislation to prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. as the members of this committee know, we enacted a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines which i authored in the senate and senator schumer sponsored in the house in 1994. unfo
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. that's how prevalent this is. by the way, apparently most prevalent crime in the u.s. averaging 550,000 incidents per day, $13 billion worth of goods lost. that's $35 million a day. >> we are a nation of thieves. >> 1 in 11 people are shoplifters. >> that is so dirty. i can't believe people would do something like that. >> that is not the kind of thing i've ever even heard of. >> that's disgusting. >> we'll be back. >> if diane sawyer asks, you didn't see me. ♪ >>> thunder road. >> there we go. >>> consumer reports has ranked the top ten cars and it is not too good news for detroit. >> abc's marci gonzalez shares the results. good morning, marci. >> reporter: good morning. the consumer reports list just came out yesterday, and there were some surprises. honda is back. topping consumer reports top car picks for 2013 after being left off the list last year. >> it got some of the mojo back. >> reporter: honda roared back with three winners, the accord, odyssey and crv. but missing from this year's list are any american manufacturers. >> one thing that hurt the americans for our list
Feb 27, 2013 7:00am PST
conference in paris. >> is the u.s. willing to directly aid the fighters on the ground and is that enough to change assad's administration? >> he needs to know that he can't shoot his bayway out of this and so we need to convince him of that, and i think the opposition needs more help in order to be able to do that and we are working together to have a united position with respect to that. >> the secretary hinted the u.s. might start to distribute aid in rebel held parts of syria. secretary kerry expected to talk more about the syria question at an international conference tomorrow in rome. charlie and norah? >> clarissa ward thank you. >>> the supreme court today is hearing arguments over the landmark 1965 law, at issue, whether voting rights are secure enough now to allow the rollback of protections from the civil rights era. john crawford is at the supreme court. jan, this has far-reaching consequences. tell us about what's at issue here? >> reporter: the voting rights act is one of the most arguments now just under way in the supreme court in this really significant
Feb 26, 2013 7:00pm EST
, and we are now within 72 hours until those forced budget cuts are imposed on the u.s. economy, and the federal government, again, while they have nothing to do with a jury, they are called the sequester, and americans get to judge for themselves who is telling the truth here. the obama administration is close to running out of dire ways to warn of the consequences. the attorney general of the united states actually said today our country is going to be less safe because of these budget cuts. so, if that's the case, why doesn't it feel more urgent amid all the noise here in washington? it's where we begin tonight with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know, we have a new poll out, and it has a simple and clear message -- the american public's patience is wearing thin with washington as it stumbles into yet another manufactured budget crisis. as republicans continue to say he's playing politics, the president was in newport news, virginia, today, a shipbuilding town heavily dependent on military spending.
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:17. let's go back to the desk. >> in other news, the u.s. reportedly closer now to giving direct aid to the rebels in syria. secretary of state john kerry is discussing this with european leaders. this is brand-new video of secretary kerry this morning with the president of france. on thursday, kerry will be at a meeting of the friends of syria in rome. now, at first the syrian opposition was going to boycott the meeting, protesting the lack of aid it was getting from the u.s. and europe. after getting calls from secretary kerry and vice president joe biden, rebel leaders now agree to be there. >>> 7:17. the blame game continues as sequestration becomes law just two days from now. as ktvu's kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, republicans say this situation is not as desperate as democrats claim and finally just a short time ago, we learned there will be a meeting of the key players. kyla? >> reporter: yeah, tori. california senator barbara boxer says she is cuts will be pain -- these cuts will be painful, especially in california. but republicans say democrats a
Feb 26, 2013 10:00pm PST
. >> reporter: many u.s. catholics are outraged because recently released court documents show mahoney helped protect accused pedophile priests from law enforcement. >> his attendance at the conclave is a slap in the face to catholics and to victims. >> reporter: in the 1980s, she was abused by a catholic school teacher. she's now an activist with s.n.a.p., survivors network of those abused by priests. >> here's a man that we now know through these documents released over the past month, for 25 years in the archdiocese of los angeles he covered up for child sexual abuse. >> reporter: newspaper columnist michael fit gerald was an altar boy in the '80s for mahoney. >> it's an issue of moral authority. they flouted the law, so he has no place voting for the church's highest spiritual authority. >> reporter: but mahoney isn't staying silent. far from it. on monday from rome he enraged his detractors by blogging this response to the controversy -- i can't recall a time such as now when people tend to be so judgemental and even self-righteous, so quick to accuse, judge and condemn. and often with s
Feb 26, 2013 5:00pm PST
is approaching $17 trillion. here is how bad it is in 2003 the u.s. spent just above $2 trillion. this year, the estimated spending will be $3.6 trillion. a 75% rise in spending in a 10-year period with no inflation. and what do we have to show for all that spending? the economy is not much better. the poverty rate is about the same as it was 50 years ago. and salaries for working people are going down. so why are we spending all the money? for what reason? i will tell you why. take a look at this chart put out by the pew research center. it says 48% of americans want smaller government and fewer services. but among hispanics, only 19% want smaller government and fewer services. a whopping 75% of latinos surveyed. approve of bigger government and more entitlements. that's why president obama is spending the money because he knows that a coalition of african-americans, hispanic liberals willganized labor, overwhelm the republican party. so, in essence, the president is putting party politics above the good of the nation. history will record that and a few years from now when president obama'
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, as always. >>> 20 years ago today, our nation entered a new era of terrorism on u.s. soil, yet, that realization took a while to sink in at first. a truck bomb went off in the basement parking garage of the old world trade center in new york, a place we now call ground zero after those buildings were taken down by terrorists on 9/11. the attack 20 years ago killed six people, injured 1,000 more. americans were glued to the tv coverage that day showing the coughing victims emerging in the light snowfall, many people covered in soot. >>> still ahead for us, as our broadcast continues, we'll talk about this alarming trend, an increase in advanced breast cancer cases among young women. >>> and later, a pair of trailblazing brothers making incredible music and inspiring the next generation in the process. ♪ >>> we mentioned this earlier. there are some alarming headlines out tonight about breast cancer in younger women. a new analysis shows advanced breast cancer cases are up among women ages 25 to 39. our chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman, is in our new york studios with
Feb 27, 2013 6:00am PST
new support. major u.s. companies are expected to sign a legal brief arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage is bad for business. among the companies expected to sign the brief are cupertino's apple, menlo park facebook, san jose's cisco systems and intel. the legal brief will go to the supreme court which is set to hear arguments on whether it is constitutional next month. as we first told you yesterday, prominent republicans are also sending a similar brief to the high court, including hewlett-packard c.e.o. and former candidate for governor whether meg whitman. a video this morning after police responded to protesters at a city council meeting. in santa cruz they are reeling from the loss of two veteran police officers this morning. new video just in from the scene shows the extend of the shootout. >> live from the newsroom the man suspected in the shootings has a criminal history and dating back five years. the officers murdered leave behind families and distinguished years. >> sue hall from abc7 traffic center, metering lights are on and traffic is backing to the maze may b
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opinion on chuck hagel's long-awaited confirmation saying the u.s. has the secretary that our troops deserve. it was close but lawmakers did confirm hagel 58 to 41. he is scheduled to be sworn in today. that means hagel now heads into office with a list of challenges ahead. first up, the sequester hits friday friday. without a deal, the defense department is facing about $46,000,000,000 in cuts before the end of september. that means hundreds of thousands of furloughed civilians and cuts that will affect military equipment and ness. hagel will also need to deal with getting the troops out of afghanistan and compromising with republicans. that last part won't come easy. texas senator john cornyn has made it clear hagel is taking office with the least amount of support as any defense secretary in modern history. we will be right back. 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy.
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water quality and meet demand. new york is the most densely populated city in the u.s. and over 40 million tourists visit the city every year. the 1.3 billion gallons of water required every day are delivered by a system of extraordinary scale and complex engineering. man: water is essential to the economic viability of new york city. reliable infrastructure and reliable delivery of water is a must. you have to reinvest in the infrastructure every single minute to keep it current.
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missing for a month in peru is now found safe. the u.s. embassy in peru says garrett hand and a jamie neil were recently spotted in a remote village heading for ecuador. the cycling trip started wu but friends and relatives lost contact with him back in january. >> the west sacramento police officer accused of raping women while on duty is set to appear this afternoon. sergio alvarez including kidnapping, sexual assault and burglary. he would pull women over while on patrol. six victims have been identified so far. it was arrested and fired this week following a five-month investigation. >> it's 6:10. ski week is over for schools. we have a look at conditions for the sierra ahead. >> plus, push back in the yahoo! work from home. >> what's on the label should reflect wut what's on n the can. >> strong arguments brewing over watered down beer. >> the bay area lawsuit over budweiser. we'll have that ahead. >> announcer: you're watching "today in the bay." >> it's 6:13. welcome back, everybody. today a vote will decide if millions of dollars will be spent on a grand opening bash for the new sp
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was confirmed by the u.s. senate just yesterday after a very bitter seven week fight on capitol hill. hagel will make his first remark to defense employees two hour hours from right now. as secretary of defense his top priority will be dealing with $46 billion in budget cuts. they will kick in on friday unless congress takes action to avoid those cuts. we are hearing that more plans to avert the cuts could come out today. if congress does nothing in 48 hours, those automatic budget cuts known as sequestration become law. kyla cramp bell is live in our washington, d.c. newsroom. kyla, what are you hearing? >> reporter: senate republicans we're told are working on a plan right now. they are finalizing details and could reveal their plan later today. it's likely that any bill they put out there will not -- house speaker john boehner says house republicans already voted to twice to make -- instead senate democrats to substance abused their own bill which would provide $55 billion in cuts and another $55 billion in new tax revenue. tax increases would hit the wealthiest americans and oil and gas